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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

" Would you know the one point in a thousand of Sri Hit Ji's ways ? he
adored Jtadha first and after her Krishna. A most strange and unnatural
fashion3 that none could even faintly comprehend save hy his favour. He obli-
terated all distinction between obligation and dispensation ; his beloved was ia
his heart .* he lived only as her servant, singing the praises of the divinity
night and day. All the faithful know his many edifying and holy actions ,*
why tell and repeat them, since they are famous already.
" He left Ms home and came ; Ms passion for Badhi and Krishna had so
grown : but yon must know Hari had given an order to a wealthy Brahman :
6 Bestow your two daughters in marriage, taking my name, and know that their
issue shall be famous throughout the world. By their means my worship shall
spread among my faithful people^ a path for the pathless, of high renown.'
Obedient to the loving order he went home ; the delight of all was past telling,
for it was more than the mind could even conceive. Radha's dear spouse gave
the gracious command : < Publish abroad my worship and the delights of my
sylvan abode.' He drank in with his very eyes the essence of bliss and gave
it to every client who supported the cause of the female divinity. Night and
day imbibing the honeyed draught of sweet song and cherishing it in his soul,
with no thought but for Syama, and Syam. How is it possible to declare such
incomparable merit ? the soul is enraptared at the sound more than at that of
any other name.55
By Ms later wives he had two sons, Braj Ghand and Krishan Chand5 of whom
the latter built a temple to Eadha Mohan, which is stil in the possession of his
descendants. The former was the ancestor of the present Gosains of the temple
of Kadha Valiabh, the chief shrine of the sect, This was built by one of his
disciples^ a Kayath named Suodar Das, who held the appointment of treasurer
at Delhi. Oae of the pillars in the front gives the date as Sambat 1683. An
earlier inscription* of 1641, was noticed by Professor Wilson5 but this would
seem to have been over the gateway leading into the oufcer court, which since
then has fallen down and been removed. On the opposite side of the street is a
monument to the founder, which however the present generation of Gosains
are too ungrateful to keep in repair. They are the descendants of Braj Ohand's
four sonSj Sunday-Bar, B,idh4 Ballabh Das, Braj^Bhukhan and Nagar Bar Ji;
and the heads of the four families so derived are now Daya Lai, Manoihar
Smndar Mi and the infant son of Kaahaiya ML